When we first invited the group of distinguished scholars represented here to contribute to a new volume on Austrian ecomics, four themes were stressed: tensions, new directions, selectivity, and criticism. In this brief introduction we will explain why those themes were emphasized and thereby shed light on our intentions and aspirations for the volume. The subtitle Tensions and New Directions indicates clearly the intent of the volume desired. If we take the 1871 publication of Carl Menger's Principles of Ecomics (Grundsiitze der Volkswirthschaftslehre) as mark- ing its birth, the Austrian tradition is w well over one hundred years old. The origins of the so-called Austrian Revival are more difficult to pinpoint precisely, but many would accept two decades as a reasonable estimate of its lifespan. In any case, since the mid-1970s several collections of articles written by Austrians have been published. The intent of these collections appeared to be to educate, persuade, and inspire various audiences. Uninformed readers needed to be told about the specifics of the Austrian position, to be shown how it differed from and improved upon its rivals. The initiated needed to be reassured that their commitment to a vel program was justified. As such, much of the recent Austrian literature has consisted either of exegetical accounts of the views of past figures, or of critical assessments of the positions of alternative research programs in ecomics from an Austrian perspective.
Rudolf Boehm (Berlin 1927) schrieb u.a. Das Grundlegende und dasWesentliche (1965, auch auf franzosisch), eine Kritik derGrundlagen des Zeitalters (1974, auch auf niederlandisch und auf franzosisch) und eine Tragik (2001).